Last year, the city council of El Paso decided that their long term goal was to become the “least-car-dependent city” in the nation. This year, they’re arguing about requiring 5 bicycle parking spaces for every hundred car parking spaces at all new businesses and developments.
One of the representatives implied that people riding bicycles as transportation was somehow backwards. I’m sure that in Portland, it’s considered progress, perhaps even success.
I agree with representative Beto O’Rourke. Either do it right, or just admit that it was all just feel-good political hot air, and drop the idea completely. After all, how do you become independent from autos, if you don’t promote cycling? How can you promote cycling, if you can’t even provide a secure place to park and lock them? And is five percent even enough?
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